Biography: Patricia Askren was born in Seattle, Washington and has lived in Canada since 1971. Askren’s work often deals with the theme of childhood. Her work was featured in Childhood: Eight Canadian Artists, an exhibition mounted by the University of Alberta Ring House Gallery for the International Year of the Child. She also illustrated the children’s book, A Mountain Alphabet (1980, Altitude Publishing), and her illustrations have been featured in other publications.
Askren’s work is held in many gallery, public and corporate collections and has been exhibited across Canada, including at the National Library of Canada. Askren has taught workshops in textile design, printing, fibre arts and animation for the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan Community College, Alberta Culture and the Banff Centre. She was the owner and operator of OBJECTS Gallery in Canmore, Alberta. Askren holds a diploma in visual arts / textiles from the Alberta College of Art and Design (1978) and has completed workshops in editing, in book illustration and in writing for children. She has also studied at both the John Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana and the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC.